Amy Ferguson Institute president Dianna Ducs with 2019 June Lythgoe Scholarship recipient Kozmo Sammartino. Photo submitted

Kozmo Sammartino wins June Lythgoe Scholarship

The scholarship provides a semi-annual $1,000 to further the studies of West Kootenay music students


Kozmo Sammartino has been chosen to receive the June Lythgoe Scholarship to help with his studies at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ont.

“It is an honour to be selected by your amazing organization that does such great work for our community. This scholarship will be tremendously helpful in financing my education,” said Sammartino.

The Lythgoe family along with others from the West Kootenay founded the Amy Ferguson Institute in 2000, named after the devoted music teacher and mentor. The institute is a non-profit organization in Nelson that exists to produce, promote and support vocal arts across the West Kootenay.

June Lythgoe passed away in 2006, and subsequently the June Lythgoe Music Scholarship Fund was established. This scholarship is in collaboration with the Osprey Foundation to provide a semi-annual $1,000 scholarship to further the studies of West Kootenay music students at a recognized post-secondary institution.

The institute, in partnership with the Lythgoe family, is raising additional funds to help students at all levels of musical education. To donate to the June Lythgoe Music Scholarship, visit You will receive an official receipt for your contribution.

The institute will also be producing Chess this October. It is a charismatic musical, with music written by ABBA and lyrics by Tim Rice. Chess will bring together vocalists and musicians from across the West Kootenay. It will be a must-see production, following the immensely successful Mamma Mia! recently produced by Black Productions.

To find out more about this scholarship and other opportunities visit

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